About the Trainer

Sara Alguire, KPA-CTP, believes that work should be play and learning should be fun! A public school educator for 31 years, Sara has lived this philosophy as a special education teacher, school social worker, and summer camp director.

Sara began incorporating her therapy dog, Duchess, into her work with children in 2005. This experience opened her eyes to the healing power of the human-animal bond. She has since used this powerful tool in a variety of therapeutic settings. She has served as a volunteer puppy raiser and task trainer for Canines for Change.

Sara graduated with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy and has been named a Certified Training Partner. Sara is committed to force-free training techniques that make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior is an innovative institution committed to educating, certifying, and promoting the next generation of animal trainers.

World-renowned trainer, author, and behavioral biologist Karen Pryor is a pioneer of force-free training technology. Pryor launched the Dog Trainer Program to ensure that pet owners and their dogs have access to top-tier training delivered by superlative teachers.

As a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Sara has completed an intensive education process and demonstrated a high level of skill in training dogs as well as teaching dog owners. “Our graduates are not only skilled trainers, they are excellent teachers,” said Pryor.

Sara uses American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommended techniques that focus on reinforcing desired behaviors, removing reinforcement for inappropriate behaviors, and addressing the emotional state and environmental conditions that drive undesirable behaviors.

Sara’s goal for every lesson is to make it fun for both the canine and their humans! Services offered include private lessons, behavioral consultations, group classes and personalized leash walking and manners training.